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May we recommend . . .

Looking for a little summer reading . . . or viewing, or listening? A few members of the faculty share their recommendations for books, music, and videos not to be missed.

July 29, 2016

Science & Technology

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Can family approach fight childhood obesity?

Golisano Children’s Hospital is joining one of the largest family-based obesity studies ever conducted, focusing on treatment that teaches both a child and their parents how to change behaviors and attitudes on food, exercise, and stress.

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July 26, 2016
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Hearing test may identify autism risk

While many signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are present before age two, the majority of children with ASD are not diagnosed until after age four. Medical Center researchers have identified a simple test to screen younger children for hearing deficiencies associated with autism.

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July 25, 2016
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Home team advantage: 40+ years of sports medicine

An early leader in the adoption of arthroscopy, Rochester’s sports medicine program and its graduates have helped shape the field of sports medicine while restoring countless injured athletes to health.

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July 21, 2016

Society & Culture


New book brings shadow into the light

A new book, edited by Kenneth Gross and compiled from lectures by the late John Hollander, traces shadow’s literary history from ancient to modern times.

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July 22, 2016
Couple sitting on back of car

Come on baby, (re)light my fire

New research indicates that there are ways that couples can sustain—or relight—their passion. The study suggests that when men and women perceive their partners as responsive, they feel special and think of their partner as a valuable mate, which in turn boosts sexual desirability.

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July 20, 2016
Dewey For President campaign button

Dewey Papers bring past GOP conventions to life

Thomas Dewey was never president of the United States—no matter what the headlines said. His letters, photographs, recordings, and campaign buttons are available to the public for research in the department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation.

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July 15, 2016

The Arts

Interior photos of University of Rochester   Memorial Art Gallery September 20, 2010.  //photo:  J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester

Faculty, staff get free admission to Memorial Art Gallery 

As of July 11, University faculty and staff can visit the Memorial Art Gallery for free. (Students already receive free admission). The museum also offers half-price individual and family memberships for University employees.

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July 8, 2016
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Music in the American Wild

A project of Eastman School of Music students and alumni is bringing newly composed works to majestic locations during the National Park Service’s centennial year celebrations.

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June 30, 2016
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Rachmaninoff meets rock ‘n roll in Sonic Cluster concert

An ensemble composed of rock musicians from the Rochester area and classically trained Eastman School of Music musicians are collaborating on a concert that crosses and combines musical styles.

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June 29, 2016

Photo of the Week

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Days of tragedy

July 14, 2016

Flags in front of the Eastman Quad and Rush Rhees Library fly at half staff after the mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. The University hosted two community dialogues on “Race in America, Race in Rochester” to seek answers to questions about violence, racism, and ways to bridge the divides in America.
Read President Joel Seligman’s statement from Wednesday’s community dialogue.

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Student Life

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Urban Fellows, Youth Year students honored at City Hall

Nineteen University students and recent graduates were recognized for their community service. Projects this year ranged from expanding literacy programs to increasing access to medical care for underserved individuals.

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July 28, 2016
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Undergraduate Xerox fellows experience hands-on research

From data mining with Instagram to preserving Peruvian cathedrals, from laser beams to hearing loss — Rochester undergraduates get their first taste of life in the lab through the Xerox Engineering Research Fellows program.

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July 27, 2016
The 2002 World Youth Day edddddvent in Toronto drew an estimated 500,000 people. Credit: Father Brian Cool

Newman Community to attend World Youth Day event in Krakow

Student members and alumni of the Newman Community will join a crowd of two million people from 200 nations, where Pope Francis will deliver a welcome address at a prayer service.

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July 22, 2016

Voices & Opinion

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World Population Day: Why focus on teenage girls?

In marking this year’s them, “Investing in Teenage Girls,” Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center, offers her insights on the human rights issues that young women face today and what can be done to address these challenges.

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July 11, 2016
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Making the case for life on other planets

How can we calculate the likelihood of technological civilizations having existed on other planets? That’s a question Adam Frank, professor of astronomy, considers in an essay, “Yes, There Have Been Aliens,” published in the New York Times.

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June 15, 2016
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Brain tune-up from action video game play

Numerous studies have found that playing action video games such as “Call of Duty” helps cognitive functioning. Brain and cognitive sciences professor Daphne Bavelier explains how shooting zombies can enhance brain skills. / Scientific American

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June 14, 2016

University News

Young East High students

Kearns Center to expand services to Rochester middle-school students

A $1.2 million Talent Search grant from the U.S. Department of Education will enable academic services for upwards of 500 RCSD students each year via College Prep Centers at East High School and Vanguard Collegiate High School.

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July 21, 2016
Melissa Sturge-Apple

Sturge-Apple named dean of AS&E graduate studies

As dean of graduate studies, Sturge-Apple will continue to strengthen and grow graduate programs, and provide cohesion for graduate studies so that master’s and doctoral students have a strong connection to AS&E.

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July 21, 2016
George Eastman statue wearing birthday hat and holding balloons

Happy birthday, George!

The Eastman School of Music, the Eastman Quadrangle, and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health are all named for the Kodak founder, but did you know he also made a mean lemon meringue pie? In honor of what would’ve been his 162nd birthday, here are a few lesser-known facts about famed businessman and inventor George Eastman.

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July 11, 2016